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O’Neill Evolution

When: Thu 1st of January 1970

Where: Davos, Switzerland

In a weekend of thrills and spills, it was to be the turning point in the TTR World Tour. Since the Air & Style in late December all the names were desperate for the vital points needed to secure a respectable position on this global super league of which in my opinion will have it’s best year yet in 2007. At this years O’Neill Evolution the stage was set – with a rarely seen celebrity start list, it was to be a battle of the titans.

The week began straight after the New Year with a perfect gift of fresh snow. Throughout the week riders were trimmed down to just 32 qualifiers for the semi-finals, here’s where we pick up the action.


With below zero conditions hardening the pipe to concrete strength it was not a pipe contest for the faint hearted which left the creme de la creme of global uber pros for the semi-finals. 32 riders, jam session for 45 minutes would mean a real boost to the contest and with temperatures dropping this was perfect for the riders. Marku Koski was mixing up his talented array of tricks, switch back 9’s, switch backside airs all in proficient Koski slumber. Other top qualifiers included Danny Davis, Scotty Lago and recently signed by O’Neill – Janne Korpi. Mathieu Crepel was riding strong with his back to back 1080’s as to was Travis Rice who was keen to make up for missing out on training due to evening activities and produced a storming run in his last heat. Antti Autti was looking on top form and it was clear that this was a vital title for his career.


The 16 qualified riders took a short break whilst the transition residue was cleared, then Marku Koski was to take centre stage for the super final racking up a wopping 257 points with a near perfect run. Louri Podlatchikov, another hot favourite for this event and local boy, Backside 10 into front 9 followed by some clean lofty straights left him 2nd with 262. Antti will always rise to the challenge if it is set, today was no different – frontside 10 into switch frontside 9 was just the start. Backside alley-oop 7 laid the law down and was awarded rightly 286 points which put him in first place. In the highest air it was Terje who took the 4000€ prize purse.

In the womens it was Sina Candrian who was to take the title alongside other new names – Sophie Rodriguez and Manuela Pesko.

SuperPipe Results, men:

  • 1. Autti, Antti (pictured above)
  • 2. Podlatchikov, Louri
  • 3. Koski, Markku

SuperPipe Results, women:

  • 1. Sina Candrian
  • 2. Sophie Rodriquez
  • 3. Manuela Pesko


Due to kicker conditions the Swatch Big Air was cancelled leaving only the quarterpipe to wow the Davos crowd. A fantastic transition and standing at just over 10m in height it was a monster! Again a star studed line-up began training, Travis Rice dropped first with a 5.5m heelside rodeo 7 setting the standard of things to come. Antti Autti was to knock him from 1st position with a 6.3m McTwist – sick, perfectly styled and cleanly landed stating that the Euro’s weren’t going to take any shit. If it was a night for McTwists what would that be without Nicolas Mueller’s trademark Japan McTwist. Surpassing the 6m mark with ease, Zurich based Nic was calling it a locals affair. Other stormers on the night were Danny Davis who was hitting 4.8m inverts as well as Kevin Pearce with super styled McTwists. However Antti wasn’t going to give in easily, cruising in and going f/s 10 tailgrab just below the 5m mark, technically and amplitude had met. Perfect. Henning Marthinsen had looked uneasy throughout his practice runs but finding form in the nick of time and producing a 5.8m corked backside 9 cleanly landed which stepped him up the rankings to 4th place.

The womens was also impressive with Jamie Anderson taking the win with a sick McTwist putting her 1st. Lisa Filzmoser followed close behind with 3m backside airs, 2nd place. And for 3rd it was boogie wonderland Kjersti Buaas!

QuarterPipe Results, men:

  • 1. Mueller, Nicolas
  • 2. Autti, Antti
  • 3. Pearce, Kevin

QuarterPipe Results, women:

  • 1. Anderson, Jamie
  • 2. Filzmoser, Lisa
  • 3. Buaas, Kjersti

For more info: www.oneilleurope.com/evolution


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